OK, a few thoughts: I actually think this is a pretty decent fight. I’m actually surprised that Burns, a fairly significant draw in Scotland, is making the trip over to the States to defend his title. What I really like about this card is that unlike so many other young American boxers, Broner is being given an opportunity to fight in front of his hometown fans and at least try and build some sort of home base. Who knows how well this will draw on this holiday weekend but “Cincy” does have a bit of a boxing history if you go back. This certainly beats having it at some stale, empty Indian casino; I’ll say that much.
I’m also hearing that this “B.A.D.” could be a tripleheader with the likes of Gary Russell Jr. and Seth Mitchell in support. Let’s see how these guys are matched up. I know Russell is getting bit of a “gimme” this weekend in Biloxi, MS versus Leonilo Miranda but with this slot so far down the line, there should be an expectation of him facing a more regarded foe. My suggestion would be a guy like J.C. Burgos, who’s a rugged, tough customer. If Russell’s the goods and he’s on this type of platform, he should be expected to face guys like this. As for Mitchell, that’s a bit trickier, since he doesn’t come with nearly the type of amateur pedigree as Russell and usually heavyweights are handled a bit differently. Honestly, you’d hope someone more regarded than Mike Mollo would be tabbed if he’s on this show.
- It was announced on Monday evening by InterBox that on November 5th, when IBF super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute takes on Glen Johnson, it will take place at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec. Also on this card will be the return of former IBF junior featherweight titlist Steve Molitor, who will most likely take on Sebastian Gauthier.
Now, the question I have is this: I fully expect Bute-Johnson to draw at least 15,000 patrons. Does the October 29th “Super Six” final in Atlantic City, New Jersey, draw even half that? If it doesn’t, will this negatively factor into the attempts to make Bute- should he come out victorious- against the winner of Showtime’s 168-pound scrum. Realistically, I’m not sure if Bute and his representatives feel the need to ever leave the safe cocoon they have in Canada and I’m not convinced either Andre Ward or Carl Froch can be enticed to go up there and face Bute on his turf.
- Promoter J. Russell Peltz told me on Tuesday that his welterweight Mike Jones is slated to appear on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York. When I asked who he might face, Jones said, "Sebastian Lujan," which I think would be a pretty good fight. Lujan is always a tough out and he’s coming off a good victory over Mark Melligen. OK, but if this fight can’t be consummated (because again, it’s just talk at this point), how ‘bout Carlos Molina, who’s had a great 2011? If Jones and his handlers want to face a stiff, well, that’s what “Top Rank Live” is for.
- On Monday night, I received a press release announcing that Team Puerto Rico’s Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez would battle countryman Vincent Arroyo on a show promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, which would be featured on “ShoBox” on September the 9th. What was interesting to me is that this battle of ’Ricans would take place at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota. Yeah, so you have two guys from the island facing each other in “The Land of a Thousand Lakes.” I’m pretty sure they don’t have a Puerto Rican population that is quite on par with Brooklyn.
On Tuesday, I got a presser from PR Best Boxing Promotions (run by Peter Rivera), announcing that on September 2nd, Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez and McJoe Arroyo would fight on the “APuño Limpio” series on the WAPA America network in Puerto Rico.
Do you remember when Shaw, Lou DiBella and Javier Bustillo, signed their own stables of Boricua boxers, stated their intentions to take over the island? It isn’t as easy as just inking a bunch of fighters from that country and then building up their records. As of now, I’m not sure Rivera or Top Rank have anything to worry about- unless of course, Indian casinos start popping up all over Puerto Rico.
- Hey, am I nuts for thinking that a fight between IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud and perennial super middleweight contender Librado Andrade would be a fun slugfest for as long as it lasts? Yeah, I know Andrade was recently outboxed by Aaron Pryor Jr. but that’s another example of styles making fights. Cloud and Andrade wouldn’t need any maps to find each other. I know that Andrade- who also just recently bludgeoned Matt O’Brien in three rounds in Mexico- would be moving up in weight but it’s not as if he’s a small super middleweight. I know that Andrade could be facing Donovan “Da Bomb” George in an IBF eliminator soon but do you really need to see a third chapter of Bute-Andrade?
If Andrade decides to stick around at 168, how ‘bout matching him with Edwin Rodriguez in a step-up bout? I think that fight would fit in well as an opener on “Boxing After Dark.” Rodriguez’s folks think he’s the goods; well, we’d find out a lot more about him in this fight.
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